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Twins Minor League Report (9/15): Varland Does it Again


There were several tight games tonight on the farm in the Twins organization, but it was another Louie Varland start of dominance that paces the highlights.

 

TRANSACTIONS
Charlie Barnes was returned to the Saints after being the 29th man on Tuesday. 

SAINTS SENTINEL
St. Paul 3, Indianapolis 2
Box Score

Playing an afternoon matinee in Indianapolis, the Saints sent Beau Burrows to the bump. He tossed 6 1/3 innings of four-hit ball allowing just a single run. Burrows walked two and punched out six in what was among his best outings this season.

St. Paul scored first as Sherman Johnson singled home Damek Tomscha in the 2nd inning. After allowing an equalizer in the bottom half, St. Paul added again in the 3rd inning. Jimmy Kerrigan drove in Jose Miranda on a single to center. Putting some distance between the clubs, Caleb Hamilton singled in the 4th inning to score Tomscha and make it a 3-1 game.

Things got a bit dicey in the 9th inning when Yennier Cano allowed some traffic to turn into a run. He loaded the bases with a walk on a 3-2 pitch but generated a ground ball to end the game.

Miranda continued his amazing season with a 3-for-4 effort and Tomscha had a multi-hit game as well tallying two doubles.

WIND SURGE WISDOM
Arkansas 10, Wichita 5 (Game 1)
Box Score

Suspended yesterday, here’s what Steve had to say about the action that did get played:

Unfortunately for the Wind Surge, they played much of this game through some drizzle before the conditions became too much for them to continue. They had not yet completed five innings, so the game was suspended in the top of the fifth and will resume tomorrow.

It had been a mixed bag before the game was paused, as Simeon Woods Richardson delivered a fantastic performance for the first three innings of the game, but upon his exit the Travelers struck to take the 4-1 lead against Ben Gross.

In his outing, Woods Richardson allowed just two hits while striking out five in his three innings. He definitely looked like a top prospect in this one as compared to his prior outings. Of his 47 pitches in the game, 32 went for strikes (68%), including a whopping 12 swinging strikes. He got those swings and misses on all of his pitches as well, with his changeup especially (to my eyes) looking like it was fooling everyone.

Wichita got their lone run in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI infield single from Aaron Whitefield.

Picking up in the 5th inning, Trey Cabbage made his presence felt launching his 18th homer of the year, a two-run shot that drew Wichita within one at 4-3. A 6th inning grand slam for Arkansas allowed a five-run inning to provide plenty of distance.

Wichita attempted to make things interesting in the 8th inning when Andrew Bechtold singled in Cabbage and Aaron Whitefield drove in Spencer Steer. That 9-5 deficit was the closest things would get, and with Arkansas adding another run in the 9th inning, this one stayed out of reach.

Wichita 6, Arkansas 4 (F/7 Game 2)
Box Score

Jordan Balazovic was on the bump for game two of this non-traditional doubleheader. It wasn’t his sharpest outing and the Twins top pitching prospect went just 3 2/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five batters.

Down 2-0 after the first inning, Wichita answered with two runs of their own in the 2nd inning. Jermaine Palacios singled driving in Leobaldo Cabrera, and Andrew Bechtold plated Palacios on a single of his own.

Again trailing after the 4th inning, the Wind Surge answered with Spencer Steer ripping a bases loaded double to bring everyone home. Grabbing their first lead of the contest, Cedar Rapids was now on top 5-4. During a 6th inning Bechtold walk, Whitefield swiped third base and scored on an error by the Travelers backstop.

6-4 is where this on would end, and Roy Morales was the lone player to record a multi-hit effort going 3-for-4 on the evening.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Peoria 2, Cedar Rapids 1
Box Score

Louie Varland has been dominant at the two levels of Class A ball this season, and he turned in another great start tonight for the Kernels. Working six innings, Varland allowed two runs (just one earned) on four hits and no walks. He punched out 11 batters on the evening and dropped his ERA to 2.10. Derek Molina struck out four batters over the final two innings. 

Jair Camargo drove in Aaron Sabato with a 5th inning single knotting the game at one, but that was the only run production the Kernels could muster and they fell just short. Camargo had a two-hit night and accounted for half of Cedar Rapids total.

MUSSEL MATTERS
Fort Myers 5, Tampa 2
Box Score

Needing just seven total strikeouts to set a new team record, the Mighty Mussels eclipsed the team total set by the Miracle back in 2019. Starter John Stankiewicz picked up six of the necessary punch outs and worked six innings allowing just a single run on five hits and a walk.

After getting behind in the first, Charles Mack recorded his second triple of the season plating both Misael Urbina and Will Holland to take the lead. Mack then drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to drive in Alerick Soularie before Jake Rucker was hit and allowed Christian Encarnacion-Strand to score. Kyle Fedko was hit by a pitch and allowed Holland to score. Three runs came across in the inning, and none were generated by a ball put in play.

Tampa drew closers with a solo shot in the 9th inning, but the left the bases loaded and wound up on the short side of the scoreboard. Despite being scheduled for a twin bill, rain again impacted tonight’s plans and turned this into a one game, nine-inning affair.

COMPLEX CHRONICLES
Scheduled Day Off

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day - Louie Varland (Cedar Rapids) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
Hitter of the Day - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 3-4, R

PROSPECT SUMMARY
#1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
#2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-2, R, BB, K
#3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - 3.2 IP, 4 H 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
#4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
#6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 3-4, R
#7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
#8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
#9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - No game
#10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Temporarily Inactive List
#11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
#12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB
#13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - Did not play
#14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
#15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - No game
#16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play (Paternity List)
#17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-3, R, BB
#19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
#20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-3, 3 RBI

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Indianapolis (6:05 PM CST) - RHP Derek Law (1-0, 3.20 ERA)
Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Chris Vallimont (5-7, 6.33 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 1 (6:00 PM CST) - TBD

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!


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So they had SWR pitch again today, huh? I guess that explains why he only got three innings last time out. 

Good to see Steer with the big hit. His numbers have taken a hit since arriving at AA, but within an acceptable limit for the sizeable jump from A+ to AA. If he takes another step forward next year, he will be poised to do damage in the bigs.

I would like to see a bat or two from AAA come up and get a chance... Miranda should be up here now, and I'd like to see Jimmy Kerrigan. He's raking as of late and has plus speed. If I'm not mistaken I believe he will be a free agent, so why not give him a shot?

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1 hour ago, ashbury said:

The pundits all said the record would stand until it was broken, and that's exactly how it worked out.

Ah, wait. The other totals were when the Miracle were a High-A team. The record was broken by an A-ball team, now playing with a share of short-season folks that normally would've been with Elizabethton in the past, and facing similar players.

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6 hours ago, ashbury said:

The pundits all said the record would stand until it was broken, and that's exactly how it worked out.

 

5 hours ago, Rosterman said:

Ah, wait. The other totals were when the Miracle were a High-A team. The record was broken by an A-ball team, now playing with a share of short-season folks that normally would've been with Elizabethton in the past, and facing similar players.

The plot thickens!

Astute observation, Rosterman.  I didn't even think about that!

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In this era a strikeout record in nice, but does not have the same meaning as it used to,  

I do agree with all the comments about Miranda.  He belongs with the club.  Don't ask me where he would play - just sit any of the players on the big league team except Polanco.  He can get plenty of ABs.  Since Rooker is now a forgotten player he can take that spot.  

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As the season comes to an end I find myself wondering which is best for an organization, a minor league system with teams winning and a few championships or teams with so-so records, but a a star or two on each team putting up eye popping numbers?

Successful teams doesn't necessarily mean that the system will provide players to the big league club, players who become solid starters or all-stars.  But it does give those players who move up the experiences related to winning.  So I expect the answer most would give is you want both. 

Considering all of the Twins full-season teams have winning records this year, they certainly are winning throughout the organization.  And with players like Miranda, Martin, Royce Lewis (injured), Winder, Balazovic, Duran (injured), Canterino (injured), Enlow (injured), SWR, and others, they have more than their share of top prospects.  So this year at least, the answer for the Twins is BOTH.  Will that mean the Twins will also win two or three years from now and beyond?  We are gonna have to wait and see!

 

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I have been a Burrows critic to this point but what he did in that game was impressive.  I still think the pen is his only shot but with performances like that maybe I will be wrong.  Just nice not see him get shelled for once.

Varland has had a crazy good season.  Have to believe he starts at AA next year.  He had no trouble adjusting to High A ball at all.  Other than K rate his number actually look better at High A than A ball.  He has dominated both leagues so I think he has earned starting at AA next year.

Cabbage with another HR.  I wonder if the Twins are going to have to protect him from rule V and add him to the 40 man?  He is nearing 30 HR's on the year and his OPS is near 900 which puts him in pretty elite company.  I know that 36% K rate makes it tough for him to translate to MLB ball but with his age and power have to believe a bottom team would be willing to take a chance to find out.

Was happy to see the Surge win.  I think with one more win they can clinch their division but they have struggles against Arkansas so not a done deal yet.

Nice to see guys improving.

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37 minutes ago, roger said:

As the season comes to an end I find myself wondering which is best for an organization, a minor league system with teams winning and a few championships or teams with so-so records, but a a star or two on each team putting up eye popping numbers?

 

Producing a couple of studs each year is definitely primo, but winning sets a good tone. If I had to choose between the two, gimme the studs.

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I wonder if the Twins are keeping Miranda in AAA to let him keep fattening his numbers and continue getting looks from scouts of other teams.

Perhaps, he will be traded along with others for the controllable arm that this team desperately needs.

I could probably live with never seeing him in a Twins uniform along with a couple good pitching prospects, if it meant that the Twins could add Marquez, Means, Alcantara or at a lower price Kelly or Gallen. 

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10 hours ago, downunder twins fan said:

Nice to see the strike out record broken. 

Most likely not primarily due to the pitchers themselves but more the new automatic strike zone which has definitely messed with hitters and lead to sky high walk and strikeout rates.  I think I heard that they even adjusted the limits of the zone midseason though I'm not sure about that.

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2 minutes ago, 2wins87 said:

Most likely not primarily due to the pitchers themselves but more the new automatic strike zone which has definitely messed with hitters and lead to sky high walk and strikeout rates.  I think I heard that they even adjusted the limits of the zone midseason though I'm not sure about that.

Update: They definitely did change it

The phrase "strike calls on breaking balls in the dirt" surely explains at least a part of some of the wacky stat lines (like Sabato's 50%+ combined walk and strikeout rate) that have come from that league.

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1 hour ago, MMMordabito said:

I wonder if the Twins are keeping Miranda in AAA to let him keep fattening his numbers and continue getting looks from scouts of other teams.

Perhaps, he will be traded along with others for the controllable arm that this team desperately needs.

I could probably live with never seeing him in a Twins uniform along with a couple good pitching prospects, if it meant that the Twins could add Marquez, Means, Alcantara or at a lower price Kelly or Gallen. 

Seems very possible. Since he wasn't a highly thought-of prospect until this year, the FO might view it as selling high. I'd personally be pretty devastated, though, watching this guy rake has been my favorite storyline of the season.

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2 hours ago, 2wins87 said:

Update: They definitely did change it

The phrase "strike calls on breaking balls in the dirt" surely explains at least a part of some of the wacky stat lines (like Sabato's 50%+ combined walk and strikeout rate) that have come from that league.

Yeah that also might explain why Severino and Sabato both are doing better at High A.  Jullian seems to be the only one who really benefited from the auto ball\strike calls as his OBP was nearly 500 with all the walks he took. Definitely appears it needed some refining.  Still when it is a strike you need to hit it and a lot of those guys down there are having trouble doing that.

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